Underfoot in India

Look closer: my compression socks on the flight over are on the wrong feet. Analysis: they work this way too.

Geodes in situ: the floor of a monolithic temple at Ellora.

Goa. This excavation into the floor of a Christian church shows the tiles of the Hindu temple it was built on. In between those two functions it was used as a palace.

Another church floor in Goa. Love the colours and bold patterns.

The modern floor in our Goa hotel. The building was formerly a Portuguese warehouse.

Seen on our overnight houseboat excursion in Alleppey, Kerala. In the backwaters of Kochi, some of the villages are accessible only by water. There’s a few walkways like this and the waterways are busy. We saw a young boy paddling a large canoe, successfully navigating between government commuter boats and myriad pleasure craft.

Some temples have specific places to stand to ensure a proper outlook.

Shoes off in Hindu, Buddhist and Jain temples.

Stray dog sleeping in a temple. India has the largest population of stray dogs on the world. The ones we’ve seen are not aggressive and keep to themselves.

Socks are okay in most temples. Good since the outdoor walkways are extremely hot. Notable in the photo: a splotch of ghee. Ghee is a common offering and some shrines are covered  with it.

We’ve seen lots of whimsical decorations like this in Hindu temples.

Some restorations use pieces of other buildings. This stone shows ancient script.

Garbage. Common in public areas. (Here, between some stepping-stones in Pondicherry.) Since 2014, the national government has been systematically encouraging its citizens to be tidier. Some of the mess we saw in Chennai was due to a recent cyclone.

We’ve dipped our toes in the Arabian Sea. And, here’s the Bay on Bengal washing over my sandals on the other side of the continent

Want to split a rock the size of ten houses? Drill holes a few inches deep. Shove dry wood in the holes (nice, tight fit). Wet the wood. Have a cup of tea while the wood expands and does the work for you.

Some of the floor markings are ancient game boards. Temples are social centres in their communities.

Rice flour designs on the doorstep. Renewed each morning in carefully poured-out handfuls, the designs are pretty and attract insects (keeping them out of the house).

Red ochre. One of my new favorite colours. These tiles were on the balcony of our room in Mahabalupurim.

Beach-front evidence of Holi. The other clue was the bright magenta-stained hands of the restaurant serving staff. We missed the action (celebrants end up covered with colour). Next trip.

Another colourful temple floor.

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